FAQs about Grants from the Les Paul Foundation

Please carefully review information below to assure your proposal aligns with the Les Paul Foundation’s priorities.

What are the priorities for grants from the LES PAUL FOUNDATION?
  • Programs and projects that align with the Les Paul Foundation mission: The Les Paul Foundation inspires innovative and creative thinking by sharing the legacy of Les Paul through support of music education, recording, innovation and medical research related to hearing.
  • Inspire students/audience by sharing Les Paul’s story in an innovative and effective way. The foundation’s name in a program or on a plaque is not sufficient. Relay how you will share Les’ story.
  • Demonstrate funding from sources beyond the Les Paul Foundation.
  • Begin relationship with the Foundation with realistic a funding request.
  • Personnel, timeline and budget should be consistent with project/program.
What types of organizations receive funding?
  • Music education organizations and schools including public schools
  • Music Recording and Music Industry education programs
  • STEM/STEAM programs that emphasize innovation and align with Les Paul’s work
  • After school science and music programs that align with Les Paul’s work
  • Museum exhibits about Les Paul with collaboration with Foundation
Are there geographic restrictions?

Yes, grants are awarded to 501(c)3 organizations and schools within the United States.

Are funding requests accepted for existing projects?

Yes, if they align with above priorities.

Does the Foundation provide funding for capital campaigns?

Yes, if they align with above priorities.

Does the Foundation provide general operating grants?

The Foundation provides funding for programs and projects that align with above priorities.

Does the Foundation provide multi-year grants?

Grant proposals must be submitted annually.

Does the Foundation sponsor special events?

Funding for special events must align with the Foundation’s priorities and requirements.

Do I need to answer all questions on the form?

Definitely. Missing information will preclude consideration of your request.

Does the Foundation provide funding to individuals?

No, funding is for projects and programs that serve groups of people.